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Steelers News: Just how high do the Steelers need to consider drafting a running back?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is over, but if you think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over — think again. For the drama-filled Steelers, things are just heating up, and this is where the daily links article comes in. You might have missed some key news, and we fill you in and give you the latest, and sometimes greatest, news surrounding the Steelers.

Today in the Black-and-gold links article we take a look at where in the 2019 NFL Draft the Steelers should consider drafting some depth behind James Conner and Jaylen Samuels.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Le’Veon Bell is long gone, and James Conner is RB1 on the Steelers’ depth chart. After Conner? Jaylen Samuels and some camp bodies. Should the Steelers add to their depth in the draft?

NFL Draft: Moving on from Bell, Steelers need RB depth

By: Dale Lolley, DKPittsburghSports

Unlike the previous two seasons, the Steelers finally have some clarity in the Le’Veon Bell situation. They know he won’t be showing up at any point in the 2019 season after he signed with the Jets as a free agent.

With that torrid chapter of the franchise’s history behind them, they can concentrate on building their backfield around James Conner.

With Bell a holdout in 2018, Conner took the reins and put together a Pro Bowl year in just his second NFL season, rushing for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns in 13 games.

But Conner missed three games late in the season with an ankle injury, turning things over to Stevan Ridley and rookie Jaylen Samuels. Samuels rushed for 256 yards on 56 carries as a rookie -- including 142 on 19 carries in a win over the Patriots -- but Ridley wasn’t retained in free agency.

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  • The Steelers started their offseason workouts Tuesday, and some big name players/veterans were in attendance.

Ben Roethlisberger among big-name Steelers present for start of offseason program

By: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Ben Roethlisberger speaks. … but only to And only about the start of the Pittsburgh Steelers offseason programs.

Roethlisberger was one of a number of big-name Steelers at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Monday, the official beginning of Phase 1 of spring workouts as governed by the collective bargaining agreement. According to, Roethlisberger joined Maurkice Pouncey, Cameron Heyward, Vince Williams, Alejandro Villanueva, Sean Davis, JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Conner and “countless others” on hand for a team meeting and other work.

“I expect nothing else,” Roethlisberger told “We want to show we are here, dedicated to this team, dedicated to having a great season. We are all about each other.”

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  • Some are thinking the mega deal for Seahawks QB will hurt the Steelers’ negotiations with Ben Roethlisberger. Maybe not...

Russell Wilson deal shouldn’t slow Steelers’ talks with Big Ben

By: Jeremy Fowler, ESPN

The ballooning quarterback market was already a factor in Ben Roethlisberger’s negotiations with the Pittsburgh Steelers on a new deal. The numbers are too big to ignore, with seven quarterbacks signing deals worth $25 million or more annually in the past two years.

Then Russell Wilson popped that balloon with a massive $140 million deal over four years, dunking over previous QB cash king Aaron Rodgers with $35 million per year to stay with the Seattle Seahawks through 2023.

But Wilson’s deal probably doesn’t change much for Roethlisberger and the Steelers, who have taken their time on what will be Roethlisberger’s last NFL contract. Roethlisberger is attending the Steelers’ phase one of the offseason program this week.

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